TitleDesigning Institutional Multi-Agent Systems
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsSierra C, Thangarajah J, Padgham L, Winikoff M

The vision of agents working together on the Internet, in virtual orga- nizations, is one that is increasingly common. However, one of the issues is the regulation of the participating agents and their behaviour. A substantial body of work exists that investigates agent societies and agent organizations, including work on electronic institutions, such as Islander and Ameli. However, although such work provides concrete tools for specifying and enacting institutions, there is a lack of clear documented guidance to designers who are using these tools. In this paper we describe a methodology for developing an institutional structure for multi agent systems. This methodology captures the knowledge and experience within the Islander group, and integrates it with the Prometheus methodology.